On June 30, 2013, nineteen firefighters were killed during an incident that took place while battling Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire, according to KABC 7.
The Arizona Forestry Division made the grim announcement, telling the Arizona Republic that 20 firefighters were involved in what was called a “serious incident,” KABC reports.
According to AZ Central, Arizona Forestry Division spokesperson Mike Reichling said of the tragedy, “It’s a dark day.”
Following the statement, one firefighter was located, dropping the reported death toll to 19.
Details regarding the incident believed responsible for the deaths have not yet been released.
The fire began Friday and made its way across almost 2,000 acres by Sunday.
According to KABC, over 200 firefighters have been working to put the fire out, however, windy and dry conditions have fueled the massive blaze.
Fifty homes have been evacuated in the area, which is approximately 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, reports KABC.
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